Book your seat to see three inspirational speakers on International Women's Day!

February 2019


A psychologist who has published a poetry book about her fascinating life journey, a researcher who explores the position of black, British female graduates and a former journalist who writes inspirational stories about women – you won’t want to miss the speakers at our event to celebrate International Women’s Day! 

Students and staff are invited to book their place to hear a 15-minute talk from Louise Palfreyman, Mica Montana and April-Louise Pennant, three amazing women we hope will have you riveted at the event - starting at midday - to celebrate the awareness day on Friday 8 March 2019. 

All having close ties with Birmingham, either personally or through the subject of their work, the speakers will then open up the floor to the audience with an engaging Q&A session. You can reserve your seat by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.

About our speakers 


Mica Montana

Mica is a young, black British woman working in Birmingham as an assistant psychologist. She has just had published a poetry collection exploring her journey with mental health and issues of race, psychosis, depression, womanhood, love, spirituality, faith and identity.

She will be sharing poems from When Daisies Talk and exploring these themes with the audience to find the point of shared experience and explore how we can all help each other on our journeys.

Twitter: @MicaMontana 

Instagram: micamontana


April-Louise Pennant

April-Louise is an Economic and Social Research Council PhD researcher and the Westmere Scholar for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her research is centred on exploring the ways in which 25 recent Black British female graduates have successfully navigated, strategised and engaged within the English education system.

She pays close attention to the role of the intersections of the graduates' race, ethnicity, gender and social class identities within their educational trajectories - from primary school to university. 

Twitter: @April_LouP

Linkedin: April-Louise Pennant

Louise Palfreyman

Louise Palfreyman

Louise worked as a journalist before turning her attention to short fiction and has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Best British Short Stories. Opening the first London Short Story Festival, she mentors writers and works with universities and literary festivals, delivering workshops and readings. 

As a promoter of regional arts projects, Louise’s collection of stories about women, Once Upon a Time in Birmingham: Women Who Dared to Dream, was published by The Emma Press in 2018.


Twitter: @tweetybyrde

Instagram: louisepalfreyman

Reserve your seat

Professor Alex Lofthouse, UCB’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), urged students and staff to book their place at the event – a fantastic way to celebrate women's achievements, while calling for a more gender-balanced world.   

“This year’s International Women’s Day has the theme of ‘Balance for Better’, marking the fact that, from grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We are thrilled to have these three, inspirational women coming to share their experiences to mark the day.”

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

The day has occurred for over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this, the Socialist Party of America, the UK’s Suffragists and Suffragettes and further groups campaigned for women's equality. 

Interested in coming along to our IWD event? Please click the button below to be taken to the portal where you can instantly reserve your place (reservations are essential in order to attend). The event is open to all UCB students and staff. 

*The event will take place in the lecture theatre in McIntyre House
. Both males and females are welcome at the event. 

For more information about the event, email Lavinia Batchelor at